Turkey has launched airstrikes against Kurdish fighters in Syria today, following President Trump’s withdrawal of US troops from the border region.
Earlier this afternoon, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan tweeted confirmation that the ‘Operation Peace Spring’ had started.
“Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border,” the Turkish President said. He considers Kurds to be terrorists and to present a border threat.
Following news of the strikes, a Downing Street spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister spoke to President Trump this evening. The leaders expressed their serious concern at Turkey’s invasion of north east Syria and the risk of a humanitarian catastrophe in the region.”
The comment from No 10 comes after general secretaries of thirteen major trade unions called on the UK government to take action on the threatened invasion of Syria by Turkey and help protect the Kurds.